HOMICIDAL IMPULSE (KILLER INSTINCT) (director/writer: David Tausik; cinematographer: Janusz Kaminsky; editors: Lorne Morris/Richard Gentner; music: Nigel Holton; cast: Scott Valentine (Tim Casey), Vanessa Angel (Deborah Walker), Charles Napier (John Doogan), Talia Balsam (Emma), Kevin West (Egghead), Mary Ellen Dunbar (Paula), Dominic Huffman (Campbell), Michael Traeger (Belcher),  Brian Cousins (Kent); Runtime: 84; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Roger Corman/Mike Elliott; Live Home Video Concorde); 1992)

"Fetching erotic thriller."

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

David Tausik ("Blood Song") writes and directs this fetching erotic thriller. The made for video 'crimes of passion' pic takes some ideas from more successful thrillers such as Basic Instinct and Fatal Attraction.

Tim Casey (Scott Valentine) plays a clean deputy district attorney, who has no pull with the higher-ups. Things start changing for Tim after he's seduced by sexy intern office worker Deborah Walker (Vanessa Angel). Her uncle John Doogan (Charles Napier) is the corrupt DA. The femme fatale blackmails her man into helping her eliminate her uncle, and he then must decide if he wishes to cover-up a murder he might have done when drugged. The sleazy thriller includes some steamy sex scenes, murder by acid, an electric knife and fireplace poker.

It's not quite as bad as it sounds, even if the fallen hero is too stiff in the role except when doing the sex scenes.

REVIEWED ON 2/22/2015       GRADE: B-

Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"